Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Professional Pins?

It's no secret I'm applying for jobs. I tweet about it a lot, I submit as many as I can on nights I don't have excessive amounts of homework and I try to network as often as I can.

Most of the jobs I'm looking at are in the social media field, but I'm also looking in sales, marketing, digital strategy positions, corporate communications and almost anything else I can get find. Every job description says something along the lines of:

"proficient/expert/knowledge of Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Google+, etc., etc., etc..."

The problem is, how to set yourself apart from every other person who can use them. What did I think of last night? Combining some of them!

I pinned my LinkedIn page last night. Then I tweeted about it. And get this--people FAVORITED it. I took that as an implicit, "you're doing something right..."(hopefully...)

I've never heard of anyone doing this. I'm not sure what to expect. That's exactly the same as the rest of the job process though--I've never done it and I don't know what to expect. My thought process: why not? 

As a college senior, you can take classes and get help on how to apply for jobs, but no one really has any specific advice on how EXACTLY to get a job. It's all so wishy-washy. There's no map. You write your resume and cover letter and send it out places. Every email says basically, "Don't call us, we'll call you because of our high volume of applicants..." AKA "May the odds be ever in your favor..."

I'm not really sure what to expect, but hey, this is another way I can try to get my name out there. If it helps my resume and name potentially find it's way to someone's desk, I'll take it!

Here's to applying for jobs and doing whatever it takes to landing one!



Hanny said...

I love this post. I think the professional pin is a great to set yourself apart. Since you are looking for a job in the marketing field it shows that you are very creative and you are finding ways to attract employers.

Good luck! I'm actually applying for the same job and also any other field in marketing especially in research and digital.

I am in the same situation. I've been applying non stop.

Have you ever read The Prepary a great site for career tips, interview tips.


Just, Simply, Hanny

AlexCarolyn said...

This is a great idea! I've been using my pinterest to create an online portfolio of articles, writing samples, etc, but I love this! The only thing I am concerned about is mixing the personal with the professional--i.e. my portfolio next to a board about places I'd like to travel or dresses I'd like to own. I figure that one of the advantages of an online portfolio is people getting to know you past the resume though, so maybe it's an advantage?

Worthington said...

This is genius. I hope you have some success, soon! You might want to start checking out the website Fashionista. They often will do posts on all kinds of jobs in the fashion industry, including social media jobs - the website is a bit 'haute' so nudity isn't unusual from photo shoots, haha, but I know several friends who have gotten interviews from MAJOR labels/PR firms/etc who had posted their jobs on there!